OK, this has to be the weirdest of the weird, people. First there’s this from the Sun Times:
On Wednesday, Dusty Baker’s daily little rant was about reports that Moises Alou urinates on his hands before games as some sort of made-up remedy to avoid callouses.
It embarrassed Alou, partly because, well, it’s disgusting, and also partly because no one will ever shake his hand again.
Then there’s this from the Tribune:
Moises Alou’s comment to an ESPN.com reporter that he hardened his hands by urinating on them has launched hundreds of off-color jokes on talk radio and the Internet.
“I don’t want to talk about it,” Alou said before Wednesday’s game. “It’s like saying what you do at home. When I go home, I don’t want anybody to know what I do. What I do here, people see what I do here around the clubhouse and on the field. That’s what should be printed.”
Leave it to the Cubs to provide more bizarre news fodder. I’ve heard of a lot of weird superstitions, but peeing on your hands to toughen them up? That just takes the cake if you ask me. I mean, does he wash he hands after he pees on them – doesn’t that weaken the effect of the pee? Who told him that peeing on his hands would toughen them up? Why does he need tough hands in the first place?
As you can see, lots of questions and few answers.